Kids from Belarus look to the stars at Sci-Tech centre

A SPECIAL DAY laid on by a special organisation – staff at the Morayvia centre in Kinloss opened their doors on Thursday for 18 youngsters from Belarus.

They are currently staying with families around Moray as part of the annual visit arranged by the Friends of Chernobyl group.

The children have in recent years become regular visitors, making the annual trip to Scotland as part of a scheme that provides them with respite from living close to the former Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

Stan Barber acted as chief guide for the children and their escorts over several hours as they were entertained by the centre’s own robot, gazed into the night sky at the planetarium, toured around the collection of aircraft exhibits and enjoyed a picnic lunch on one of the hottest days of the year.

“They were absolutely lovely guests and we were all delighted to be able to open our doors just for them,” Mr Barber told insideMoray, adding: “Morayvia was created to educate young and old – and the children were clearly delighted and I think really enjoyed their time with us.

“What the host families here in Moray are doing for these young people is fantastic, they give them a second home and the close relationships that have been created as a result will, I’m sure, last a lifetime.

“Everyone at Morayvia is delighted to have played a small part in showing them something of the history of Moray – and a little bit of the planetary system.”

For more details on what can be found through a visit to Morayvia head for their website.